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Kobe Bryant’s Final Road Game Uniform Sells for $485K at Auction

The uniform worn by the Lakers legend on April 11, 2016, was also sold with a matching pair of his Nike tennis shoes

<p>Harry How/Getty</p> Kobe Bryant in November 2009

Harry How/Getty

Kobe Bryant in November 2009

The last Los Angeles Lakers jersey and shorts that Kobe Bryant wore during a road game has sold for big bucks at a recent auction.

On Saturday, SCP Auctions closed the bidding on the "24" jersey and matching shorts that the late athlete wore during the final away game of his career on April 11, 2016. Twenty people made offers, with the minimum set at $50,000.

According to the website, the jersey size is 4XL4 and the shorts are a 3XL (Length +2” flag tag).

Bryant’s uniform also comes with an added bonus that any sports memorabilia collector is sure to find fascinating.

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“One significant feature is a microphone pouch inside the front waistband so that Kobe could be mic’d up during games,” SCP Auctions' listing reads. “Most jerseys customized for mics keep this pouch along the inseam near the inner armpit; this may have been uncomfortable for Bryant, so he opted to keep it in his shorts instead. We know this was one of Kobe’s favorite pairs to take on road trips. Resolution has matched it to nine additional games over the last two months of his farewell season!”

In addition to the Black Mamba’s jersey and shorts selling for $366,967, the Nike "Kobe 11 Elite Low" tennis shoes that he also wore during his final game went for $118,230. The two lots making up the full uniform sold for a combined $485,197

SCP Auctions said the items “have been perfectly preserved since the last time he suited up.”

<p>Allen Berezovsky/Getty</p> Kobe Bryant and family on Dec. 18, 2017

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Kobe Bryant and family on Dec. 18, 2017

Bryant played his final away game in Oklahoma City. The Lakers lost to the Thunder 112-79, with Bryant scoring 19 points.

Other memorabilia from the NBA legend’s last games have also been sold at high price points in the past — including a towel that he used during his final game with the Lakers in 2016 that sold for $33,077 by Iconic Auctions in March 2020.

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Bryant was seen holding the towel in photos and videos as he gave his farewell speech at the end of his April 13, 2016 game in Los Angeles. With the Body Armor towel draped over his shoulders, he ended with his famous phrase “Mamba Out.”

In October 2020, Heritage Auctions sold a piece of hardwood floor cut from the Staples Center and signed by Bryant for $631,000. It was also from his April 13, 2016 game.

While the towel and a piece of hardwood floor hit the auction block, other key pieces of memorabilia from Bryant's final game have not.

“The likelihood of any uniform piece (jersey, shorts, or shoes) from the 'Mamba Out' game ever seeing the light of day is slim-to-none. Those museum relics will surely stay in the Bryant family or perhaps end up in Springfield, Mass. some day,” SCP Auctions noted.

Bryant played his entire NBA career with the Lakers. The sports star died in a helicopter crash that also killed his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others on Jan. 26, 2020. He was 41 years old.

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